CAPE MAY NATURAL HISTORY AND EVENTS HOTLINE, June 23, 2005
This is Pat Sutton with the Cape May Natural History & Events Hotline, a
service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This
hotline was prepared on Thursday, June 23. The Cape May Birding Hotline is
temporarily being included in this hotline in an abbreviated fashion.
NJ Audubon's hotlines can be read in full on our website
(http://www.njaudubon.org), by clicking on "Sightings" (top of any page).
Due to a bookstore staff opening, CMBO's Northwood Center in Cape May Point
will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but open otherwise (Thursday thru
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was a fly-over at Higbee Beach on June 23.
MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen June 14 over West Cape May and one over the Rea
Farm on June 22.
WHITE-FACED IBIS and WHITE PELICAN were at Brigantine NWR on June 22.
RED KNOT arrived late this year and left late. Some never left for their
Arctic tundra breeding grounds, including 115 at Stone Harbor Point on June
21. On June 21 Stone Harbor Point also held 37 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 3
WHIMBREL, 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES, 1 SANDERLING, 2 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, and 12
High tides on June 20 amazingly spared the biggest part of the LEAST TERN
COLONY at Stone Harbor Point. An adult ROSEATE TERN was there June
16 and June 21, and a first summer LITTLE GULL on June 16. CMBO's "1-Day
Tern Workshop" on Wednesday, June 29 (held midweek to avoid summer traffic),
still has room. The nesting colony's frenzy of activity often pulls in
regional rarities. To register call 609-861-0700, x-11 or go to:
It's a tenuous life for beach nesting birds and saltmarsh nesting birds.
Super high tides associated with northeast winds washed away 6 of the 7
PIPING PLOVER nests at Stone Harbor Point on June 14 and 15. 3 young in the
1 remaining nest did survive! On June 21, 15 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER gathered
at Stone Harbor Point - from failed nests? One pair of American
Oystercatcher in Avalon is busy with their third nest attempt due to
flooding tides. During CMBO's June 16 "Cruise'n for Chicks" trip many
LAUGHING GULLS, COMMON TERNS, and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER were busy with a
second nesting attempt. OSPREY nests seem to be doing very well with growing
young. Every Tuesday evening, "Sunset Birding at Stone Harbor Point" with
Gail Dwyer and Jim Armstrong meets at 6 p.m. in the Stone Harbor Point
Seawatching on June 21 from Stone Harbor Point resulted in 7 N. GANNET and 1
BROWN PELICAN. WILSON'S STORM PETREL have been easily seen from shore from
Cape May Point June 19-21.
The first young BALD EAGLES to fledge in New Jersey were from the Dividing
Creek nest on June 12, followed by a Camden County nestling on June 16,
followed by 2 from a Cohansey River nest on June 17, followed by 4 more at
the Heislerville and the Lake Lenape nests on June 21.
On June 18, SUMMER TANAGERS were found at the Cape May Point State Park and
at CMBO's Center in Goshen, while a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at the Rea
CEDAR WAXWINGS are nomadic and often nest late in the season. A pair was
building a nest in The Meadows parking lot on June 20. Noisy, nesting
YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS can be enjoyed at Woodcock Lane in the Cape May NWR
and in the overgrown field on Jakes Landing Road. BLUE GROSBEAK, ORCHARD
ORIOLE, CHIPPING SPARROW, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, and RUBY-THROATED
HUMMINGBIRD all nest at the CMBO Center in Goshen.
A migration of dragonflies was witnessed June 16 at Cape May Point and June
17 along the Delaware Bay beachfront (as they moved north) involving many
SPOT-WINGED GLIDERS, BLACK SADDLEBAGS, and COMMON GREEN DARNERS. 100s of
SEASIDE DRAGONLETS emerged this week. 100s of NEEDHAM'S SKIMMERS are flying
now, along with CALICO PENNANTS, E. PONDHAWK, and SWAMP SPREADWINGS.
Dragonflies are emerging daily from ponds. The keen observer can spot dozens
of their shed skins on emergent vegetation.
SPICEBUSH SWALLOWTAIL caterpillars can be found in curled up Spicebush
leaves. Dozens of BLACK SWALLOWTAIL caterpillars are on Fennel, Parsley, and
Queen Anne's Lace. Hairstreaks were absent on June 23 during the Belleplain
Butterfly Count, but BOG COPPERS were abundant; 188 were counted in one bog.
CMBO's "Bog Copper Bog Stomp," scheduled for Thursday, June 30 (10 a.m. til
4 p.m.), still has room. Call 609-861-0700 to register.
AMERICAN SNOUT, AMERICAN LADY, PAINTED LADY, COMMON BUCKEYE, RED-SPOTTED
PURPLE, HACKBERRY EMPEROR, and APPALACHIAN BROWNS were all flying June 23.
AARON'S SKIPPERS are out in force. The season's first RARE SKIPPER was seen
June 23 in The Nature Conservancy's garden in Eldora. CECROPIA MOTHS are
emerging now. One of CMBO's 2005 Workshops (many of which are held mid-week
to avoid summer traffic) focuses on butterflies, the "1-Day Butterfly
Workshop" on Wednesday, August 10 (held when 36 species can be studied at
one location!) A "2-Day Shorebird Workshop" on Tuesday and Wednesday, August
23-24, will enjoy more than 30 species in many plumages! To receive the
workshop brochure (covering 13 workshops now through January '05) call
609-861-0700 or go to:
TURTLES are laying eggs now. Many of their nests are being discovered and
dug up by predators like Racoons and Foxes. HORSESHOE CRAB EGGS are
hatching. On June 18 swollen eggs, the size of a pin head, as well as newly
hatched and tailess Horseshoe Crabs (slightly bigger than the size of a pin
head) were in the tideline, along with the shed skeleton of a young crab
that had molted.
PICKERELWEED is in bloom in CMBO's Dragonfly Pond. ROSE POGONIA was in bloom
along Cedar Swamp Creek during CMBO's June 21 Kayak Trip. COMMON MILKWEED
and BUTTERFLY WEED are both blooming now. SWEETBAY MAGNOLIA blossoms are
intoxicating now. CRANBERRY is in bloom and very ornamental. Freshwater
creek edges are lined with dense stands of CARDINAL FLOWER. ELDERBERRY is in
full bloom in CMBO's gardens and elsewhere in the wild. JAPANESE HONEYSUCKLE
blooms are waning and already RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are back at
feeders. Continue to maintain your feeders weekly (or at least every 3 days
in extreme heat).
Help maintain CMBO's Gardens in Goshen by joining Pat Sutton and other
gardeners each Friday morning (9 a.m. till Noon) for the "Garden Maintenance
CMBO's next 2005 Cape May Birding Workshop focuses on Backyard Habitat.
This "2-Day Backyard Habitat Workshop" (Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26)
will be taught by two long-time successful wildlife gardeners, Pat Sutton
and Michael Pollock, at CMBO's Center in Goshen. It will be taught outdoors
in the Model Backyard Habitat (and complimented by brief indoor sessions)
and cover basics in-depth (food, cover, and water).
Learn by seeing THE best plantings for wildlife and THE best maintenance
practices in gardens full of wildlife. There are still openings. To register
or for more information call 609-861-0700, x-11 or go to:
Visit the "World of Backyard Habitat" pages on NJ Audubon's website for
extensive information about gardening for hummingbirds & butterflies:
Witness breeding birds at the peak of their nesting season by attending one
or all of CMBO's weekly June walks, requiring no preregistration.
For details on each walk, go to:
Special programs and field trips in addition to those already mentioned
follow (prices vary: call 609-861-0700 for info and to register):
"Drawing With Nature" (Saturdays: June 25, July 30, Aug. 27).
"Kayak Trips to Wild Areas "- Bidwell's Creek has 2 spaces left (Th., July
7), East Creek Lake and Pickle Factory Pond (Tu., July 26, and Tu., Aug.
Take one of the "Back Bay Boat Cruises" (10 a.m. to Noon) every Sunday and
Monday. To register for the "Back Bay Boat Cruises" call "The Skimmer"
directly at 609-884-3100.
The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird
walks that require no pre-registration and many special field trips and
programs for which advanced registration is required. All are detailed in
the Kestrel Express. The summer edition is now available too. To receive a
copy stop at either CMBO Center, call the office during business hours at
609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's web site:
This Cape May Natural History and Events Hotline is a service of the Cape
May Bird Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit
of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the
ornithological and natural history significance of Cape May. Your membership
supports these goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from Cape May,
Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties.
Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your natural history
sightings to CMBO's Center in Goshen at 609-861-0700. Thanks for calling and
ENJOY THE NATURAL WORLD!